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Survival Gear Review: Utah Knife Works Survivor

Origin stories are always interesting. Whether the first life on earth, or the beginnings of a Super Hero, the origin story starts the character arc. In the case of a knife, for some, the origin story can be as important as the actual blade. The Bowie Knife, for instance, or the Puukko. Some like the Fairbairn-Sykes might not carry… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Windham Weaponry R16FTT-9MM Carbine

Wikipedia has the following to say about a concept called “Confirmation Bias”: “the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms one’s preexisting beliefs or hypotheses. It is a type of cognitive bias and a systematic error of inductive reasoning. People display this bias when they gather or remember… Read More

Survival Gear Review: The Solo Stoves, Part One: Solo Stove Lite

The Solo Stove design is a stainless steel can-shaped wood-burning container of numerous sizes from easy carry for backpacking, to a monster that needs two people to lift it. For this review, we will take a look at the Solo Stove Lite, the smallest of the Solo Stove offerings. Part 2 will address a larger… Read More

When Preppers Fly – How to Get Your Pilot License

When I was first looking into my private pilot license (PPL), I met a diesel mechanic who built his own plane and flew it to Alaska. He told me sometimes he would take off from the pasture at his house, land on a hill, call in some coyotes, and fly home. That was all I… Read More

5 Dollar Preps: Wine Cork Fishing Kit

Here in my home state of Maine, water and its associated lifeforms are in abundant supply. As such, I can – and do – absolutely plan on catching fish to accentuate my diet in case of emergency. Fortunately, fish are (relatively) easy to catch, and as long as you have just a smattering of moderately… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Henry .410 Lever Action Shotgun

Sometimes, especially in the prepper/survivalist equipment world, one can tell upon cursory visual inspection or review of specifications that an item or piece of gear has value; but until you actually put the piece to work with your own bare hands, the level of utility and the piece’s place in the universe is often difficult… Read More